The Simulator Maintenance Technician (Sim Tech) program at Lake Region State College is one of the few training programs for simulator technicians in the United States. The program provides hands-on training in computer systems, digital and solid state electronic devices, printed circuit troubleshooting and variety of other systems essential to the operation of state-of-the-art simulators.
Students in the Sim Tech program will be prepared for troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of electronic and mechanical components of simulators used in pilot training, entertainment and other applications. Students learn to use specialized tools, test equipment, built-in diagnostic equipment and technical data to isolate and locate faulty components or system malfunctions.
Sim Tech students are encouraged to participate in an elective two to three month on-site cooperative education experience with a simulator maintenance crew.
What do simulator technicians do?
As a Simulator Technology student you will learn how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair electronic and mechanical components of simulator trainers used in pilot training, entertainment, aircraft, weapons, auto, ship, power plants and other types of simulation. While in the program students will gain experience in electronics, flight characteristics and computers. You will also complete coursework in aviation which will prepare you to communicate efficiently with pilots.
Why is simulation used?
Safety: Real life training before an actual situation by practicing emergency procedures.
Expense: Less expensive to operate and train on a simulator than to operate what is being simulated.
What kinds of simulation?
- setups in malls
- amusement parks
- Fire Fighters
- Power Plants
- Space Shuttles
Where are simulator technicians employed?
When you come to Simulation Technology program at Lake Region State College, we prepare you for challenging careers in simulation that are both high tech and high paying. Nationwide employers of SimTech program graduates include major airlines, air force bases, airplane and simulator manufactures. Our graduates are currently employed by various industry-leading companies, including Boeing, Delta Airlines, Airbus, Flight Safety, FedEx, UPS, NASA and others.